Starting university is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, but it can seem daunting too. Between finding your first lecture, making new friends and settling into a new town, there’s plenty to think about but don’t worry, we’ve got some top tips to help you settle in during your first few weeks!
1. Enrol onto your course
First things first, you need to make sure that you’ve fully enrolled onto your course. Enrolment is the process by which you confirm your personal details and agree to the University’s terms and conditions. This is different to the admissions process and until you’ve fully enrolled, you won’t receive your student loan. You also won’t be able to pick up your Unicard, which acts as your student ID and allows you to access facilities across campus.
If you’re not sure how to complete enrolment, follow this link for more info.
2. Find your Induction Week timetable
Your Induction Week timetable contains all the information on where you’ll need to be, and when, during your first week at Edge Hill. This includes intro sessions with your Students’ Union reps and Learning and Support services, as well as meetings with your subject tutors and other new students on your course – these are a great chance to meet the people you’ll be studying with!
Select your course from the drop-down list and head to the Induction Week timetable tab to download your copy.
3. Get insider tips on life at EHU
Are you wondering how you’ll travel to uni or where to eat on campus? Take the stress out of being somewhere new with our life hacks for studying and living at Edge Hill – subscribe to our Instagram account to get tips straight to your social feed.
4. Look after yourself and your wellbeing
When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. We’ve got plenty on offer to help you settle in to uni life, why not…
- Come to a wellbeing group– take your pick from sessions. You can book online via CareerHub once you’ve fully enrolled.
- Take advantage of 4 weeks of free access to Edge Hill Sport gym, pool and classes between 15th September and 13th October, with a year’s membership for just £100 after that. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and relieve stress
- Freshers’ Flu is real 😉. Register with the local GP service for doctor’s appointments, nurse drop-in sessions and sexual health and contraception clinics on campus each week.
- Talk to someone impartial. Sometimes it’s good to get a fresh perspective on how you’re feeling and why, and what you can do about it. We have a dedicated Wellbeing Team here to talk through any of your worries or if you need support with mental health conditions. Find their contact details on their webpage to arrange a confidential chat.
5. Take a break to enjoy a good read
As a new student, you’ll have received a copy of this year’s Big Read, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, in your Welcome Box last month. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, why not find our Induction Week quiet space in the Magnolia Building (number 28 on the campus map) and catch up with Harold’s adventures as he hikes across the country?
6. Visit the Students’ Union Welcome Fair on Wednesday, 18th September from 10.30am – 3pm in the Hub
While lots of your time at Edge Hill will be focused on studying, university is a place where you can develop all aspects of yourself. Whether that’s learning a new language, joining a society or sports club, or spending a year studying abroad, the SU’s Welcome Fair is the place to go for all the info you’ll need about what’s on offer. If you can’t make the fair, check our Getting involved webpages instead.
7. Get to grips with EHU’s learning resources
Studying at university can be different to anything you’ve done before and you’ll need to know how to get the most out of the library and other learning resources to help you do your best. Our Learning Services team will be on hand during your induction talk and all their support info is available online.
8. Act early to secure some part-time work
If you’ll need to boost your finances while you learn, our Careers team can help you find work to fit around your studies. Check out their latest vacancies section to see what’s on offer.
9. Get to know the Campus Life team
There’s so much on offer to make your time at Edge Hill exactly what you want it to be. Luckily, our Campus Life team work year-round to bring you the best of what’s happening. Follow them on Facebook for regular updates on the latest events and activities.
10. Explore your surroundings
Did you know that Edge Hill’s campus is award winning? Take a wander around one of the lakes or if you’re feeling adventurous, venture to Ruff Woods at the back of campus for some time in nature away from the bustle of Induction Week. Ormskirk town centre has all the shops and places to eat you’ll need in your first few weeks. What’s more, when you sign up to Totum via the Students’ Union, you’ll get exclusive discounts for Edge Hill students in local shops and restaurants.
There’s lots going on during Induction Week but remember there’s plenty of support available to help you settle in. Look out for the Induction Week helpdesks around campus for any questions you might have or talk to a member of staff.
Welcome to Edge Hill!